March Moon at Ascending Node

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Saturday March 11th the waning gibbous Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving north relative to the ecliptic. This is known as the ascending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path has with the ecliptic. The ecliptic is actually the Earth’s orbit and the Moon’s orbit is inclined about 6o from the ecliptic. So there are two node intersections, the ascending and descending nodes.

On March 11th the 13.5-day old waxing gibbous Moon will rise with the constellation Leo the Lion and is located near the Lion’s tail.

Does our Moon actually go around the Earth as many graphics show? From our perspective on the Earth the Moon appears to circle around the Earth. However, in reality, the Moon orbits the Sun together with the Earth*

*Clickhereto read my 2006Scope on the Skycolumn “The…

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